Julia debuted on Sesame Street as one of the permanent cast members on Wednesday in an effort to defeat the social stigma associated with autism and provide families and the public with more information.
Meet Julia, Sesame Street’s very first autistic character.
Sesame Street announced a new project called Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children along with her introduction.
This online initiative is created in an effort to raise awareness about autism and decrease bullying in schools and public stigma.
The nationwide initiative comes with a downloadable app with games, stories, and activities that are proven to provide helpful resources in the care of an autistic child.
Experts report that more information and experimentation are required to address the wide demands of autism.
The Center for Disease Control says that the pervasiveness of autism in the United States in 2014 went up to 1 in every 68 births, which is nearly twice the rate of 1 in 125 in 2004.
The project’s introduction states, “While the diagnosis is common, public understanding of autism is not. The lack of understanding around the condition contributes to discrimination, verbal abuse, even physical violence. A recent study reveals that children with autism are five times more likely to be bullied than their peers—treatment no child should endure.”
Jeanette Betancourt, senior vice president of Community and Family Engagement, said that the goal is to highlight what children have in common, not their differences.
“Children with autism share in the joy of playing and loving and being friends and being part of a group,” Jeanette said.
“To combat the stigma and isolation so often experienced by children with autism and their families, Sesame Street is embarking on a nationwide initiative—See Amazing in All Children.”
See the official ad of the noble cause here: